The perfect marriage.
A devastating secret.
An impossible choice.
Lucy was always sure of one thing – her future with husband and soulmate Luke. But after eight long, heartbreaking years trying to have a baby, that future is crumbling before her eyes.
When a terrible accident puts Luke into a coma, Lucy is forced to reassess everything she thought she wanted.
Then Stella arrives. A woman Lucy’s never met, but with a secret that will change her world forever . . .
*Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I was just browsing my NetGalley shelf and the books that need a review, when I spotted “Pieces of You’. Imagine my shock when I realized that the book I read more than a year ago, the book I loved and devoured, the book I raved about constantly on twitter…I forgot to post a review for it. I know they say ‘Better late than never’ but seriously, this doesn’t make me feel better about this. However, I do hope my review will help someone (even a year and more after its publishing) pick it up and be completely absorbed in this beautiful, emotional story. If you’re from the UK, you can grab the kindle for just 99p (at time of posting) which is a mega bargain as this book is worth so so much more.
‘Pieces of You’ is the first book by Ella Harper (well know on the women’s fiction scene as Sasha Wagstaff) and a book everyone in my twitter timeline was talking about last year. Everyone was screaming ‘Grab tissues, don’t read in public, wear a waterproof mascara etc etc’, which added a lot of pressure but also caused a lot of excitement for this little reader. Very soon I found out why.
this is a sad story…
A story that simply rips your heart out, crushes it into pieces, makes you wonder just how well you know yourself and your partner, makes you cry and then cry some more.
Despite being over a year since I’ve read it and I’ve read a lot of books in between, I still remember everything about this book. Which only proves the impact it had on me. It tells the story of Lucy and Luke, the sweetest, cutest couple ever. They seem so perfect together, they understand and support each other over five years, being the very example to other couples. However, that’s only on the outside, as there’s a lot of sadness in that relationship. Despite the big love, they aren’t blessed with a child, a child that will be the crown of that undying, big love. I’ve read loads of fiction on this sensitive topic, however ‘Pieces of You’ was so authentic. I could actually feel that sadness, pain, bitterness, grief, everything Lucy was going through. Not many years ago I was in a similar position, a time when you ask yourself, ‘Why? Why me? Why us?’
And this is why it’s so hard to review it…
Because it feels so real. It could happen to anyone..you or me.
Even now just by thinking of all the sadness, stress, hope and disappointments Luke and Lucy are going through, I can’t help but have tears in my eyes. After numerous attempts, miscarriages, IVFs you’d think things couldn’t get any worse for Lucy and Luke. Well, you’re wrong, sadly. Luke is left in a comma after an accident and a mysterious stranger appears into their lives, crushing what’s left of Lucy’s heart into tiniest pieces. The new situation means secrets well hidden will be revealed, and Lucy will have to cope with all of this.
This is definitely one of the most emotional books I’ve ever read and one of the hardest to review. Not just because I loved it so much, but because there are way too many feelings involved and I can’t make sense even out of my own words. As much as I try, I know my review will never do its justice. Which is OK and it’s the way it should be.
Lucy is one of the toughest heroines I’ve read about, and all the time while I was reading I couldn’t help but ask myself, ‘Would I be so strong?’. The thing is until faced with a big problem we have no idea just how strong we are or what we are capable of.
The beauty of this book is the very variety of topics, twists, turns, mystery and drama. Everyone can get attached to a certain character or recognize themselves in them. Told from three point of views, you’ll get to see a lot of stories making it a beautifully layered book crafted to perfection. No matter who you get connected to, I’m completely sure of one thing, this book will touch even the toughest kind of people.
Brilliantly written, bittersweet, tender and heart breaking story with well developed characters whose lives will touch your heart and make you sob like a little child. Don’t mean to sound too cliched, but do have tissues at ready and make sure you don’t miss out on this brilliant book. Ella Harper is definitely an author that’s already firmly placed on top of many bloggers’ fave authors lists and if she can do this with only one book, just imagine all the brilliant books that she’ll write in the future. And speaking of Ms Harper’s books, her new book ‘The Years of Loving You’ is already out as kindle and will be released as paperback on 19th November by Avon. So if you love this one, of which I’m sure, you can head straight to amazon and get a copy of her new one. What’s better than an Ella Harper book? An Ella Harper marathon! Oh and If you’re a fan of Jojo Moyes (and I know many of you are), then this is the perfect book for you. Just trust me!
My rating: 10/10